Where to take the family for a down-to-earth vacation.
The trendsetter: Caledonia, Ill.
Dutch company Feather Down Farm Days launched three U.S. locations in 2009, including Kinnikinnick Farm, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Guests pick fresh Italian field greens and heirloom tomatoes alongside owners David and Susan Cleverdon, and sleep in floored "tents" with flush toilets and running water. featherdown.com, from $189 per tent per night (sleeps six).
The animal lover's paradise: Santa Margarita, Calif.
At Rinconada Dairy, a 52-acre sheep ranch and dairy located between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, visitors feed and milk ewes and goats, learn how the dairy's three signature cheeses are made, and take in the garden view from the guest suite's reading nook. rinconadadairy.com, from $150, including breakfast.
The no-pressure option: Palmetto, Ga.
For those more interested in observation than immersion, Serenbe Farms puts people up in plush rooms a 15-minute walk from the field. The Inn at Serenbe's cottages are kitted out with whirlpool tubs and TVs. Farming lite includes petting baby animals, strolling several miles of scenic trails, and winding down at on-site organic restaurant the Farmhouse. serenbe.com, from $130, including breakfast.
The remote getaway: Alsea, Ore.
Set within the gentle Oregon Coast Range 41 miles from the Pacific, Leaping Lamb Farm offers the appeal of isolation. The sole two-bedroom cottage ensures that you and yours will have the run of the place—from gathering eggs to brushing Paco, the resident donkey. leapinglambfarm.com, from $125, including breakfast.